Returning to Pilates postpartum is a natural next step. After six weeks of a successful recovery and settling into a comfortable routine with your little one, the serene allure of the Pilates studio beckons you once again. Pregnancy brings about significant changes in your body, often resulting in a gradual loss of strength as it progresses. This is where postnatal Pilates becomes a valuable ally in regaining your strength and well-being.
What is postnatal Pilates?Postnatal Pilates is a tailored adaptation of traditional Pilates designed to target the physical changes that occur during pregnancy and childbirth, whether it’s a traditional birth or a cesarean section. This specialized form of Pilates places a strong emphasis on strengthening muscles that may have been weakened during pregnancy, particularly the deep pelvic floor muscles, core strength, and posture. Additionally, Postnatal Pilates plays a crucial role in restoring self-confidence and harnessing the power of the Pilates breathing technique to reduce stress.
Benefits of postnatal Pilates include:
1.Improved Core Strength and Pelvic Floor Muscles. Pregnancy and childbirth can weaken pelvic floor muscles. Postnatal Pilates specifically targets these muscles, along with back muscles, to help restore core strength.
2.Aid in Diastasis Recti.
Strengthening the core also assists in addressing diastasis recti, a separation of the abdominal muscles that can occur during pregnancy.
The controlled breathing techniques in Pilates promote relaxation, making it a valuable tool for stress reduction.
Postnatal Pilates exercises focus on strengthening the back, hips, core, and neck. This not only helps in regaining strength but also promotes overall healing, leading to a quicker recovery.
The changes in posture that can result from the weight of the baby are addressed through Pilates exercises, both before and after childbirth.
If you’re interested in trying postnatal Pilates, it’s essential to obtain clearance from your doctor to ensure it’s safe for you to start exercising. Moreover, it’s crucial to be trained by a qualified instructor for your safety. At Nova Pilates, our instructors are certified and well-trained. For more information, please visit our website at novapilates.co.za or contact us at 083 424 8069.
– Shenaaz Msusa